‘Denmark’s Princess Kate’ now queen in her own right


Upon their engagement announcement in 2004, Prince Frederik, the former Crown Prince of Denmark, and Mary Donaldson, his Australian-born fiancée, were cheered by thousands of waving Danish and Australian flags on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“I will fulfill the role (as future queen) in a way that is specific to me as a person, and I will give my absolute best. For some it will be enough and for others it may not. I might add a little ‘Aussie’ flavor to it too,” the future princess told Australian media the same day.

Twenty years later, after Queen Margrethe II’s abdication, the brunette beauty is not only the newly crowned Danish queen, but also one of the world’s most popular modern royals.

Mary enjoys ordinary growing up, but also great loss

The 51-year-old Queen was born in Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania, to Scottish parents, Henrietta and John Dalgleish Donaldson, and grew up between Australia and the US.

She had a successful career in advertising in the United Kingdom and Australia in the 1990s after her time at the University of Tasmania, where she completed her degree in commerce and law.

However, her mother, a former mathematician, died in 1997 after complications with heart surgery, and did not live to see her daughter meet Prince Frederik and live out her fairytale life.

“I was 26. It happened too soon,” Mary said in a candid interview with the Australian magazine in 2014. Women’s Weeklysaid about her mother’s passing.

“My mother definitely taught me to be independent, trust myself and believe in myself. My hope is that today she would be proud of the woman I have become.”

Mary calms down so-called party prince

The queen met her future husband, then still known as Crown Prince Frederik, in 2000 during the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and initially allegedly did not realize that he was a royal.

“The first time we met, we shook the page,” she said at the time about their introduction to each other.

“I didn’t know he was the prince of Denmark. Half an hour later someone came up to me and said: ‘Do you know who these people are?’ “

The couple enjoyed a long-distance relationship for three years, out of the media spotlight, and got married in 2004.

“She came to know and love Frederik as the man he is, not as the crown prince,” Mary’s friend Chris Meehan later told the authors of the book. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmarksaid.

Frederik, a former rebellious teenager who made a name for himself as a party prince in the 1990s, and his wife celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary this year – with experts crediting Mary for the impact she had on her husband’s popularity over the years.

The couple has four children, Prince Christian (18), Princess Isabella (16) and the twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine (13).

“I love marriage, my wife, our children and the whole happy basis that arises for the people who manage to stay together and persevere,” the king said in his newly published book, The King’s Worldsaid.

Later in the book, the king also discusses his faith and says that he and Mary pray with their children every night. He also confesses that his late father, Prince Henrik of Denmark, was “very patriarchal” and tried to pass on the same attitude to him and his brother, Prince Joachim.

“I learned so much by having a wife who often reminds me that of course I am not always right, and that my words are not automatically believed just because I am the man in the house.”

Fashionable Mary dubbed “Danish Princess Kate”.

The stylish monarch has been compared to Princess Catherine of Wales thanks to her dark locks and fashionable style.

The royals are often spotted in similar outfits and are said to have formed a close bond over the years thanks to their similarly humble, normal upbringings. In addition, both are known for their gentleness and need to offer their children as normal a childhood life as possible.

Like Princess Catherine, there is often a deeper meaning behind the Danish royal’s outfits.

She chose an elegant white long-sleeved dress with soft pleating and a dramatic over-the-shoulder train by the Danish designer, Soeren Le Schmidt, for her and Frederik’s recent coronation ceremony.

The white creation is rounded off with a decorative brooch with white and red stones, which according to fashion experts symbolizes the red and white Danish flag.

The new queen also paid tribute to her mother-in-law with a brooch containing an illustration of the former queen.

“Aussie royal” is quickly creeping into Danish hearts

At the time, the former princess impressed with how quickly she learned the Danish language and regularly receives praise for the causes she likes to put her royal spotlight on, such as women’s and children’s rights.

She is also known for her work to fight bullying, domestic violence and social isolation, as well as promoting mental health.

It is even often joked in European and Danish media that in some circles the queen is even more loved by Danes than her popular husband.

“Some people think my husband lives a bit in my shadow, because I am often in the spotlight and I have many obligations,” she said in an authorized biography of Prince Frederik in 2017.

“But he will never be in my shadow, and I will never be in his shadow, because he reflects his light on me,” she said of the couple’s equal relationship.

Future looks bright

Although Queen Mary and her husband kick off their reign with high levels of support, especially thanks to Queen Margrethe II’s influence, experts believe that she has already proven in her own right that the Danish crown can be placed on her head with reassurance.

“For the nearly 20 years she has been a member of the royal family, the former crown princess has broadened and perfected her role as spokesperson and publicity officer for the Danish royal family, Denmark and her chosen causes,” Berlingskea Danish daily, recently written.

“Now it is her and King Frederik X’s opportunity to thrive in their challenging roles as monarchs in a modern, changing world.”

Sources: BBC, Vogue, The Independent, Women’s Weekly, AFP, People.